Misson and Vision

Mission & Vision


Mission & Vision


Mission & Vision

  • Let’s join our hands

    13 Sep 2019

    Lok Manch Community Leaders (CL) from Sangama CIRD Lok Manch Partner Organization from Sindagi, Karnataka took special initiatives to
    help the flood victims of Ingalagi village, Bagalkote district, Karnataka.
    As many of you know the north Karnataka has been badly affected with flood in August 2019. Lok Manch Community Leaders of Sangama CIRD, Sindagi took special interest to collect food materials like rice, wheat, pulses, sarees, children’s clothes, soaps, buckets, jugs, tooth paste,
    brush, shampoo and 19,800 cash. Lok Manch Community Leaders distributed the materials to flood victims.
    Anitha D’Souza
    Sangama CIRD, Sindagi, Karnataka

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  • Forest Land Rights Workshop in Maharashtra

    27 May 2019

    ‘The real intention of the Forest Right Act 2006 is not to distribute forest land to the tribals but to
    strengthen the relationship of the tribals and the forest by which they would be able to conserve,
    protect and manage the forest resouces on which their livelihood depends on.’ Said Com Kumar
    Shiralkar, A senior activist fromAdivasiAdhikarRashtriaManch while he was inaugurating the state level
    workshop held at VishvaMandalSevashram in Shirpur. The objective of this workshop was to understand
    the recent Supreme Court’s eviction order for the forest dwellers whose claims have been rejected and
    also to draw a common strategy for a powerful implementation of the Forest Right Act 2006.This
    workshop was organized by LOKMANCH Maharashtra Unit in which 48 Participants from 16
    organizations and other social workers of 5 districts (Raigad, Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Dhule and
    Sindudurga took part.
    In this workshop Dr. VaishaliPatil from AnkurTrust simplified the supreme court’s order and its impact
    on lakhs of forest dwellers in India. She also explained legal steps that needs to be taken at the national
    as well as the grass root level. In her presentation she brought to the notice how the gender segregated
    data is not available on the forest claims that have been submitted or recognized. This itself
    discriminates women, which is contradictory of the very basic object of the law.
    The third experience sharing session of the Tribal Women Leader, KumariBai from Gadchiroli District of
    Maharashtra talked about the networking of 90 the Gram Sabhas in Corchi which form a Maha Gram
    Sabha.The comparative statistical sharing of KumariBai on the collection and sale of Tendu Leaves
    (minor forest products) was eye opening for everybody. This session was then concluded by stating ‘If
    there is an awareness of the act in the community then, collective action on the powerful
    implementation of the Act can become possible’
    In the last session Fr. Consti requested all the participants to suggest, future collective action. After the
    discussion the following resolutions were passed:
    1. The organizations representatives should meet periodically for sharing and learning from each
    2. To take active part in MAKAAM’s Women and Forest Right camping which is starting from 5 th
    3. To take collective action for the pending forest right claims at the block level
    4. To invite and join hands with likeminded people and groups/ organizations

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  • Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap., Vimukti Pothnal gets ‘The Best Social worker’ award

    04 May 2019

    On 20th January 2018 the 9th District level Kannada Literary Meet (Kannada Sahitya
    Sammelana) was organized. On this auspicious occasion recognizing the dedication and
    immense service in the social field the director of Vimukti Charitable Trust (R), Pothnal
    Rev. Fr. Satish Fernandes was honored by respected N.S. Boseraj the member of the
    Legislative Council and G. Humpayya Nayak, the member of Manvi Vidhana Sabha
    Constituency. Fr. Sathish Fernandes was chosen to receive the honor for best social
    worker. Since the month of May 2010 he was appointed as the Director of Vimukti
    Charitable Trust and during all these years he was working tirelessly in bringing
    significant changes in the lives of the people in and around this rural area and through
    working on various projects for the welfare of the children from Government Schools
    where the main focus was the education, sanitation, good health, inculcating leadership
    qualities, making them aware of their various rights, working for the protection of the
    environment by forming children clubs and children parliament. Overall he was
    influential guide for their bright future. Hand in hand, he works for the poor, helps the
    sick and the marginalized, dedicates his time for the betterment of the society. Through
    the help of the District Panchayat Raichur UNICEF and Governmental aids to the needy
    people he has succeeded in reaching out to 50 villages at Manvi Taluka and has begun
    adult Literature Programs. He has shown special love and care for the orphan poor
    children, semi orphans, HIV/AIDS affected children, and the other wise abled children in
    and through free hostel facility, free distribution school articles, uniforms and the other
    materials. Presently he serves as the member of the Child Welfare Committee of the
    District. He is the Lok Manch partner since 2015.He has been the source of light to those
    who were facing dark realities of their lives. May his continued service bear fruits in

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  • What empowers us in Raigad, Maharashtra

    27 Nov 2018

    “Will this Jansunvai hear my cry?” asked Mathi Rama Waghmare a 50 year old Katkari tribal widow from Shedashi hamlet of Pen block, Raigad (MS). She had applied for Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Anudan Yojna 3-4 times but failed to get benefits because, she did not have certificate for her husband’s death. Apparently, her husband had died 15 years ago when they had migrated, in search of work at the brick kilns. Since the place of death was far-off in another district, the death was not registered. She required a death certificate along with ration card, BPL certificate, domicile certificate, etc. to avail the benefits of this pension scheme. After a few years registering her husband’s death was a tedious process. So much so that this illiterate migrant laborer found it more challenging to prove husband’s death than to do back breaking work in her old age to survive. This was a common theme in the experiences of widows who either had no death certificate or did not have Aadhar card which government officers are ‘insisting’ on, or whose names are not listed in the voters/BPL list. Particularly vulnerable tribal group of Katkaris form 12% of the population of Riagad District. Migration is part of their lives.

    In this background, organizing a public hearing which the government views as a non-mandatory process, as it is not prescribed by the Act, has been a great learning. Animators, co-ordinators of Lokmanch, Maharashtra had many queries which need to be elucidated. Just one month before public hearing Ankur Trust organized workshop in which Dr. Vaishali Patil simplified how the democratic space within the structure of Act which could be made use of. This workshop not only gave clarity about why we want to have Jansunvai, but inspired and infused enthusiasm among the animators. This is how NFSA became part of human rights campaign.

    Behalf of Lokmanch all 4 partner organizations had conducted a survey on right to food earlier this year. Identifying the missing factors in the previous survey, a new survey was conducted, focusing on the missing benefits of pension, maternal benefits, widows, people with disability, etc seeking to reach the most vulnerable within the society. Enthused by the efforts of Ankur, various organizations pledged their participation in the Jansunvai like each local NGO promised to mobilize 100 women. The Vaghai Ghar Kamgar Molkarni sanghatna (Domestic Workers Union) decided to put forward the cases of single women who are in distress and working as domestic workers, but not availing ration entitled to them. Special children and their mothers from the Aai Day Care are going to put forward their cases. Child Haven – Home for Destitute and Orphaned Children expressed their desire to put forward the issues faced by the children and their families in the context of food security.

    The Jansunvai on 16th December had a huge response. There were 16 organisation working with not only tribals but single women, destitute, special children, Dalit, nomedic tribe etc send representation .All though Lokmanch Maharashtra( Ankur trust,Janhit Vikas.,Inst. For social service, Vishwa mandal sevashram) had aimed at 800 people and 40 depositions finally more than 3000 people from all spear of life not only participated but did more than 100 depositions too.

    Huge and colorful rally was organised at Pen in which along with slogans, placards tribals played their traditional instrument. Katkari tribals had benjo set and what was more attractive was Pawara adivasi dance. As rally moved in Pen town citizen of town came out curiously to know what the demands were. Volunteers were distributing pamphlets in which short description of charter of demands was mentioned. Next day all local language news papers published description of rally saying ‘ In spite of hunger and denial of constitutional rights Tribal can sing and dance’ Electronic media highlighted demands of this Jansunvai too!

     Panelist of this Jansunvai were renounced Ex.High court judge Mr.B.G.Kolse Patil,Retired session court judge Mr.D.P.Mhatre, Nirmala Niketan college of social work principle Dr.Lidwin Dias, Senior journalist Mr.Prabhat Sharnam and Tribal representative Bhaklibai Pawara along with district supply officer Mr.Dhupare who came along with Pen Tahsildar and block supply officer.

    What was very interesting when animators and volunteers  were taking practice of oral depositions old people, widows were hesitant to even say their names and were not confident to put forward their issue. As hearing started by deposition of one young Katkar tribe  widow Janki Waghmare age 34 years who showed her husband's death certificate, below poverty line certificate along with last 2 years applications demanding Antyodaya and widow pension it was shocking as she had filed application, written remainder,complain to district ombudsperson, finally filed online complain but still no Antyodaya nor pension worst was not even acknowledgment of her complain was given by any authority. Panelist asked her to produce documents all though she didn't know to read and write she had everything to show.This inspired so many people that big que was formed as many wanted to come to mick and express their frustration than anger.

    This definitely created an embarrassment to higher government officer as electronic media took a note of it too.

    Ex.justice B.G.Kolse Patil made his comments about there is constitutional provision, there is an act impacted, structures created but it doesn't simply work unless mass movement is created malnutrition death won't stop. Nirmala Niketan interns of Ankur trust presented a panchanama of how states toll free number of food and supply doesn't work. Since all call details of 15 days along with statement of an individual who tried to get support on toll free were presented   government had no other option than to accept and was forced to make this system active. In this Jansunvai most pathetic was grievances by special children mother. They were given seal of handicapped on ration but no grains. One mother of special child Amol Mhatre broke down as her husband was suffering from cancer, son mentally and physically challenged but since long it seems quota was not sanctioned family was starving. Such kind, so many oral and written depositions were made. Next few days Jansunvai made a head lines and there were total 16 follow up news published by press.

    Some visible impact of this Jansunvai as follows

    • Huge and active participation of women made this event effective and brought hope and confidence.
    • Large media coverage made district collector issue an order to initiate camps for destruction of new Antyodaya cards in Raigad.
    • Issue of malnutritional death and Antyodaya was admitted in legislative assembly of Maharashtra state assembly by opposition MLAs.
    • State food and supply department s toll free number has activated now at least queries are answered
    • Complains and report filed on online portal of government has been taken seriously by officers.
    • Community leaders are taking lead and filing application s for mention scheme s and Antyodaya etc.
    • Issue of age certificate by medical officer for which senior citizens had to pay Rs.50 - 100 has been sorted out.
    • Pressure is developed on ration shop keeper to give full quantity of grains.


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    03 Nov 2018


    ‘The government decision of replacing subsidized food grains with cash on ration will affect us the most, and might even compel us to become child labourers again.’ This was the fear expressed by the adivasi children of Raigad Maharashtra state.

    Through the National  Food Security Act 2013 , our parents were expecting approximately 35 kg food grains. But immense corruption in handling ration, if they were not getting 35 kgs , they could at least get 25 to 30kgs. Because subsidized food grains were being provided, migration for daily wages has lessened because of which we are also not being compelled to work on the brick as child laborers. We have been able to study with the help of organizations like Ankur trust. But from the time Maharashtra state government has taken a recent decision of depositing money in our parent’s account, the apprehension of probably dying without food or due to malnourishment has revived. This plight was exclaimed by the children from the Dhangar, Thakur and Kathkari community within the age bracket of 6 to 12 years.

    25th September is commemorated as the death anniversary of Hutatma Nagya Mahadhu Kathkari seemed to be an ideal platform for adivasi school going students like Harshali Debe, Vinod Waghmare and Gauri Kasbe who lead the signature campaign along with their fellow school students and put forth their grievances in front of the Tahsildar of Pen behalf of Lokmanch.

    Dr. Vaishali Patil, a senior social activist is resentful against the same and trying her level best to uproot this government scheme which will eventually cause tribulations within the community. The programme wouldn’t have been success without the thought provoking work done by Vijay Ugade, a student studying in standard 10th who coordinated between the other adivasi children, thus acquiring himself due appreciation for the programme. Speaking about this, the Tahsildar of Pen, Mr. Ajay Patne said, ‘I will definitely pass on the application given by the adivasi children to the government.’


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  • 3rd National Workshop - LOK MANCH

    03 Sep 2018


    3rd October - 6th October

    1. To understand the current socio-eco –political situation, its impact on the marginalised and role of civil society organizations and more specific role of Lok Manch.

    2. To evolve learnings /insights from the first phase from external evaluation and sharing of experiences by all partners

    3.  To understand future direction of Lok Manch and its key elements in terms of approach and strategies.


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  • Rights of People under PESA and FRA highlighted

    10 Mar 2018

    Rights provide dignity to human life. The more rights the more life. Awareness achieves more rights. To create awareness among people a training program was conducted for community leaders of Lok Manch program at Kilkila village on 25th February, 2018. With introduction the leaders shared their experiences. Analysis of the experiences was given by Yacub.

    The participants were invited to share their problems. After identifying and prioritizing the problems as solution to solving them provisions of PESA and FRA were explained in detail and a hand out was provided to the participants. The main problems identified were land, water, housing, ration and elephants. The leaders volunteered to help solving some of the problems. They resolved to participate in Gram Sabha along with ten people. To solve the water crisis of the village a planning was made which will be finalized in the meeting to be held with all the villagers on 25th March. Mrs. Reena Tirkey thanked the participants.

    The same type of program was conducted on 22nd Feb. at Dinburara village of Dharamjaigarh Block by Yacub. This training was organized by Tribal Development Program of Raigarh Diocese. It is an example of networking and collaboration as per the demand of GC 36.



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  • International Women’s Day Celebrated

    09 Mar 2018

    International Women’s Day celebration was organized at Joradol Panchyat, Pathalgaon,CG on 7th March and 8th March at Ashadeep, Pathalgaon by JVM and Lok Manch (LM). At Joradol LM community leaders (more than 60) participated and Ashadeep Boys and girls (44) having come for marriage preparation classes. At Loradol rights to women provided by the Constitution were highlighted, including Right to Information Act 2005. The main provisions were explained and practice was given as how to apply for information. Right to Education Act, 2009 is a blessing special blessing to Indian girl child to grow and develop with the slogan “Beti Parhao, Beti Barhao.” Women should be provided with suitable atmosphere to realize their rights. Exploitation of women and girl children is taking place in the region in form of human trafficking. The root causes of human trafficking are poverty, attraction of city life and among children aimlessness. These causes are to be addressed immediately and effectively if dignity of women is to maintained in the region. The women were thanked and acknowledged of their contribution to make the human race prosper.

    At Ashadeep the girls and boys were given massage through a song led by Jacob kujur. They were asked to celebrate it in the near future as it is done at this time.

    Fr. Jacob Kujur, Sj


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  • NFSA Booklet Publication in Marathi, Maharashtra

    20 Feb 2018

    "When legal provisions are simplified it reflects in marginalised section of people taking powerful actions" said Mr Ajay Patne Tahsidaar (Executive Magistrate of Pen Block of Raigad, Maharashtra).

    The booklet on National Food Security Act in Marathi was published by incumbent Tehsildar and ex-Tehsildar of Pen block on the occasion of Hutatma Nagya Mahadu Katkari's memorial day. This booklet has been written by Dr. Vaishali Patil in which she has added the missing government resolutions in marathi and has been helpful for the tribal animators in Maharashtra. Forward of this booklet has been written by Dr.  Dilip Pandharpatte who is at present District Collector of Dhule District, who has done his PhD thesis on project affected community of Raigad. In his foreword, Dr. Dilip Pandharpatte has appreciated the efforts done by Lok Manch and its need to reach out to the marginalised section of people of India. As a follow up action of the publication of this booklet, there was a workshop organised for the community leaders and animators by Ankur Trust. In this workshop, how to make use of this booklet while helping out the migrant Katkari community was created very powerfully. Simple language and important legal provisions in this booklet along with pictures has made it not only helpful, but attractive for community leaders to learn and take a support in community actions. Simultaneously publication was done while Lok Manch Delhi team had come for visit in Ankur Trust organization.


    Dr. Vaishali Patil

                                                                                           Ankur Trust

    Maharashtra Unit


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  • News from Sneharam, Kerala

    05 Jan 2018

    Lok  Manch has been accompanying the victims of the Okhi Cyclone disaster through their support to the animators and coordinators of Cheru Resmi Centre and Trivandrum Social Service Society. Adhwana, another Lok Manch partner organization, has offered to support in the research and documentation related to the mitigation and disaster preparedness of the fishers of Thiruvananthapuram.

    During a two-hour long Focus Group Discussion (FGD) conducted at Poonthura on the eve of Christmas, the fisher youth participants questioned why the Government was not ready to start the rescue operations on time. (According to a report published in The Hindu Newspaper on 1 December 2017, ‘efforts to rescue fishermen were launched a full 40 hours after the storm had started wreaking havoc along the Kerala coast’). Most of them had barely saved themselves or been rescued by others. The preliminary findings of the FGDs showed how the Okhi disaster has exposed different aspects of the vulnerability of the coastal population, the prominent ones being (1) over-dependence on fishing for livelihood, (2) lack of job diversification, (3) lack of disaster preparedness and coordination from the part of various Government departments, (4) lack of community-based risk reduction communication and disaster management and (5) socio-cultural exclusion of the fishing community from the mainstream communities that makes their life and livelihood issues a low priority.

    In the meetings of the disaster management committees at Sneharam held on 2 December 2017 and after, to prepare a collective response to be presented in the meeting the Collector had scheduled prior to the Okhi disaster, we came to know that except one person all the participants did not make use of the Radio Monsoon phone number they were given to contact before they left for their work in the sea. This revealed how many more creative efforts need to be initiated to influence the risk communication culture of the fishers in places like Poonthura and Anchuthengu.

    Fr Benny C., S. J., the Lok Manch State Coordinator and Fr Deepak organized a prayer service and adoration at Poonthura. The adoration on the eve of the New Year was a sequel to the homily he preached on 30th during the Mass held for the fishermen who were yet to return home safe or feared killed in the sea. The struggles of the surrounding parish priests of the coastal parishes, especially Fr Justin Jude of Poonthura Parish to support the victims and to get the media to ensure visibility of the Okhi Disaster-related issues, were inspiring. Right now, the disaster affected people need our psycho-social and spiritual support along with whatever financial help we can muster for them. 

    - Fr. Benny C., S.J.

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  • Lok Manch: a collaboration initiative in India to struggle for civil rights

    09 Dec 2017

    Assessing the social delivery system of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) and assisted by Jesuits in Social Action (JESA) and the Jesuit-managed Indian Social Institutes of Delhi and Bengaluru, launched a programme under the banner of LOK MANCH (LM; in Gujarati means, “People’s Platform”) on 2 November 2015, after a sixteen-month long preparation. Right now, LM is directed by the National Secretariat headed by the JESA Secretary.

    It is a people’s movement for the development of leadership among dalits, adivasis, women, minorities, urban as well as rural poor, and other marginalized communities of various regions, religions, and cultures. It works on the principle of collaboration with like-minded Organizations or persons or agencies, all of whom having a similar ideology or spirituality, and all aiming at social change not bolsters but promotes human dignity.  This interactive network is necessary to succeed in attaining the common objective.  This network consists of a hundred likeminded organizations covering 12 states of India. What makes it special is that it has been owned up by people. “LM is a platform for marginalized people like us to come together to claim our rights, to fight for our rights, to live with dignity,”recalls 27-year-old Kanchan Devi, a beneficiary of the National Food Security Act (NFSA).  She comes from the Musahar community, one of the most deprived communities in Bihar. She has no land or livestock, nor does she have any income other than what she gets as a manual daily worker.  NFSA empowers her and her family not with but through campaign - the right to food.

    Vision and Mission 

    LM envisions India an egalitarian, just, inclusive, democratic, and secular nation. Its mission is to create a strong national platform for ensuring people’s improved access to Government schemes, and improving the qualities of policies and their proper implementation. That mission is carried out by discovering and training local leaders who will then lobby for the necessary changes with the present Government legal provisions and social schemes, and for the better access of impoverished households to entitlement schemes like the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Schedule Caste Sub Plan (SCSP), Tribal Sub Plan (TSP), Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and other Governments Schemes.  These schemes are used as resources and tools to enlighten and empower the grassroots leaders. Grassroots democracy is pivotal to the Nation Building. The people at grassroots should be empowered to develop themselves and their communities.

    LM is guided by 11 core values: liberty, justice, equality, fraternity, love, peace, commitment, gender justice, credibility, forgiveness, and excellence. These become operational under certain core principles: decentralization, participative decision making, transparent in accountability, team work, and shared responsibility.

    Composition and Administration

    The entire country is divided into 4 zones, each consisting of 23 units, each unit having 4 organizations. Out of 100 Organizations that act in partnership, only 44 are Jesuit run.  Each unit reaches out to about 12,000 households, in about 80 villages, with approximately 160 community leaders, and around 80 monitoring persons who can take up their own issues. Altogether a total of 5,520 such leaders will be empowered by the end of three years. They are chosen from among their own communities by the communities themselves, and they are trained to respond to the issues of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Their praxis is “action- reflection- action” that was articulated by Paulo Freire in his Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

    LM is true to its motto: ‘’together we make a difference!’’ Today, LM covers countless households and enables them to keep from starvation, which is the “unfinished task of the freedom struggle,” according to Fr George Pattery, the President of the JCSA (the Provincials conference of South Asia), who has shown great interest in LM, and encourages fellow Jesuits to implement it on war footing in every village of India.

    Thanks to LM, people are organized to represent their concerns and grievances to their elected representatives and to Government bureaucracy.  The dream of LM is to translate into a national movement with people’s leadership being exerted from the bottom of the pyramid.  As the leadership of LM will be taken up by the people, the Jesuits and other collaborators will play accompaniment /complementary role as days go by and be willing to take orders from the leaders! Through LM, gram sabhas (village assemblies) are getting so activated and strengthened so as to work and to rebuild a new home based on human values. LM has shown Jesuits and others a new way of engaging in social action in the country and spreading the theme of GC 36.



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  • Public Hearing exposes dearth of basic amenities in Kandhamal

    05 Oct 2017

    22 September 2017, Kandhamal, the Indian state of Odisha, more than 1000 people from 80 pockets covering 308 revenue villages with 12,300 households took active part in the event. The 16 selected victims presented their grievances related to community entitlements as well as individual entitlements. Mr. Ullash Ch. Mudili presided over the event and presented the summary of the Report Card of 308 villages. The public hearing exposed the stark absence of basic amenities in the district.

    The following issues related to community entitlements were registered: (a) 70 villages are without approach road, (b) 51 villages have no safe drinking water facility, and (c) 46 villages have no electricity connectivity.

    It also came to light that the stakeholders were deprived of their individual entitlements.  Ration cards were not issued to 277 households; pension was not being awarded to 29 widows; 84 elderly people were not being granted old age pension; and special pension was not being given to 31 deserving persons.

    The whole programme proceeded in a disciplined manner. The public hearing that was organised, under the banner of Lok Manch, by Odisha Citizens’ Initiatives and its partner organisations namely High Hope Society, Rescue and Devotee Trust lentvoice .to the voiceless. The event has popularized Lok Manch in and around Tumudibandha and Kotagarh blocks.

    Blacius Ekka,

    Unit Co-ordinator,

    Odisha Lok Manch


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  • 03 Sep 2017

    Core Team Meeting held at Xavier Institute of Social Action (XISA), Campion School, Vidhan Sabha Rd, Raipur from 1st September to 3rd September 2017.


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  • Darjeeling

    19 Aug 2017

    Bishwa Adivasi Diwas celebrated by the Darjeeling Lok Manch Unit

    Bishwa Adivasi Diwas (International Indigenous Peoples’ Day) was celebrated in the Tea gardens of North Bengal on 9 August 2017. This year the celebration took place at bigger scale. The event prompted a cultural and social awakening among the Adivasi in the region.

    The Darjeeling Lok Manch unit along with Adivasi Jana Shakti Morcha (AJSM), a civil society organization, organized the event at Udichi Hall, Malbazar, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. About 700 participants from Terai-Dooars region gathered in the hall at 11.00am. Two Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Mr. Sukra Munda of Nagrakata constituency and Mr. Bulu Chick Baraik of Malbazar constituency, along with Mr. Dashrath Tirkey, the Member of Parliament from Alipur constituency, addressed the gathering. A few Civil Society members also addressed the gathering.

    The theme of the year "Rights of Indigenous Peoples” was highlighted by all speakers and the collective voice ignited the minds and hearts of the adivasis in the region. A common action plan was made to seek justice in all atrocity cases against Adivasi and Dalits in the region and beyond. It was proposed that concerted efforts be made to 1) to go to Delhi to settle the problems faced by the workers due to closure of the tea gardens; 2) to demand implementation of Minimum wages in tea gardens; 3) to seek redress of their grievances on Provident F, gratuity and other entitlements which are due till date. A postcard-campaign to raise their issues with the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India was announced in the hall.

    The cultural programs by various teagarden workers aroused the awareness of the people about the rich cultures of Adivasi in North Bengal and about the duty of one and all to protect and safeguard their identity.

    The program was anchored by Mr. Philip Xaxa in style and he was backed by Mr. Rajesh Minj and the team from Dooars. Finally, the celebration was concluded with a common fellowship meal. The event motivated and energised the gathering to strive for a life of dignity.

    Reporter:  Pascal Xalxo

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  • Emergence of Lok Manch as a National Platform

    30 Jul 2017

    On 6 April, 120 activists representing around 100 organizations from 12 States came together at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, for a three-day workshop not only to witness the launch of LokManch, a national platform for ensuring food security, but also to explore collectively ways of strengthening and expanding that platform. At the same workshop, the participants deliberated also on the various entitlements enshrined in the National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA). And, in the process, they realised that a concerted campaign for the total implemenation of the NFSA would be the unifying factor. Furthermore, the participants identified differnt strategies that are suited to effectively capacitate the grassroots communities in the 12 states, so that they would be enabled to know, understand and benefit from the various provisions of the Act. To sum up, the ultimate goal of the workshop was to build and strengthen the national platform in such a way that the people at the grassroots would take charge of their lives and live with dignity.


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  • The 2nd National workshop

    30 Jul 2017

    The national workshops were well attended and highly appreciated by the participant organizations as being very well organized. The inputs were of high quality, the resource persons were experts in their fields. Group discussions were helpful and there was a spirit of friendship and camaraderie among the participants. These workshops, along with the zonal ones, helped the participants to bond with one another in solidarity. They also helped in helping the participants get to know one another and to understand that they were all together for a common cause. They thus began to own the Manch as their own

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